Wind May Swirl In Favor For Beach Channel
The winds swirled from Jamaica Bay as a sunny 65-degree day all of sudden dipped the temps into 40’s. The winds swept onto the tennis courts of Beach Channel High School and serves and lobs became adventurous during the practice. The 2003 Men’s Tennis team has gotten used to the swirling winds and hope to use the conditions for a wining season and a PSAL division title.
The team is still very young, mostly composed of sophomores and juniors who have played together now for 2-3 years. Coach John Sullivan has seen great strides for his team. "We’ve seen great improvement in the last 6 months since we started practicing last year. They’re bigger than last year and the talent level has gone up."
The team went 5-5 in 2002, but Beach Channel feels confident about winning because the Queens division had a high turnover. Many seniors graduated from top teams such as Campus Magnet and Van Buren.
Sullivan knows who will be his top three singles players. One player is Timothy Ramchatesingh, whose experience playing in the New York Junior Tennis League has helped him garner the top singles spot on the team. "We feel he is going to be one of the top players in Queens," said Sullivan. "Based on what we seen, I feel confident."
The sophomore was also pleased with last year’s performance. "Last year went better than I thought. My speed and experience surprised people because I had more experience than most juniors and seniors."
Gabriel Martinez, the second singles player uses a strange but effective tool against his opponent. "He drove everyone crazy last year. He just kept volleying back and forth and always made the shot," said Sullivan. "I need to improve my second serve but it will be a good year," said Martinez.
Soslan Dambegov, the 3rd singles player is a good athlete who is strong and tall. The 6’1 junior player had experience playing in Russia and is training to be a lifeguard on the Rockaway beaches. "I know I played better at the end of year. I got the speed."
An important recruiting tool for Sullivan is his connection with the New York Junior Tennis League Program. Working for the NYJTL since 1995, Sullivan like the fact that some his players learned under the program. Also helping will be Bernard Ramchatesingh, Timothy’s older brother, who returns to Beach Channel to work with the team as an intern for St. John’s.
Sullivan is not sure about who will be paired as doubles as of yet but he is confident of his team. "There is an 100% improvement and I think we’re going to be number 1."